This can’t the first time I’ve had this hotel in this site, is it?

Some Patch piece:

The Empire Room was first opened in 1925 as an elegant dining room and immediately brought in large crowds wanting to experience an unforgettable evening. The Empire Room continues to maintain the elegance that identified it as a premiere café society nightclub of days gone by. The room's glamorous design can immediately be seen as a staircase inspired by the Paris Opera leads directly from the lobby of the Palmer House to the Empire Room.

It has been said by many that walking in to the Empire Room is like taking a step back in time.

Well, it is.